Julianne Alexandra Hough (hʌf; Orem, Utah, July 20, 1988) 1 is an American dancer, choreographer, actress, and singer. She was a two-time professional champion on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars She was nominated for a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy in 2007 for Best Choreography in the show’s fifth season. His first lead acting role was in the film version Footloose, released in 2011.
In September 2014, Hough joined Dancing with the Stars as the fourth permanent judge. Along with his brother Derek Hough (who has won six times contest) and Tessandra Chavez, won the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Choreography in 2015. In 2016, she played Sandy in the live television production of Fox Grease.
Early Life of Julianne Hough:
Hough was born in Orem, Utah, the youngest of five children in a Latter-day Saint (Mormon) family. Her parents are Marianne and Bruce Hough, who served twice as president of the Utah Republican Party. His brother, Derek Hough, is also a professional dancer. She also has three older sisters, Sharee, Marabeth, and Katherine. Hough’s four grandparents were dancers. She is also a second cousin to musicians Riker, Rydel, Rocky, and Ross Lynch of the band R5, as her grandmothers maternal are sisters.
Hough’s formal education began at the Orem Performing Arts Studio, where he learned with Josh Murillo, among others, Latin ballroom dancing; She began dancing competitively at age nine. In 1999, when she was 10 years old, her divorced parents sent her and her brother Derek to London to live and study with their coaches, Corky and Shirley Ballas.
The Ballas helped Hough’s two children along with their own son, Mark. Following in Derek’s footsteps, he joined him at the Italia Conti Academy of Theater Arts when a vacancy was opened at that school. There They were trained in singing, drama, gymnastics, and many forms of dance, including jazz, ballet, and tap. The three boys formed their own pop music trio, called 2B1G (“2 Boys, 1 Girl”), when Hough was 12.
She then performed in dance competitions in the United Kingdom and the United States and was on a British television show. At age 15, Julianne Hough became the youngest, and only American, dancer to win. both the Junior World Championship and the International Youth Latin Championship or at the Blackpool Dance Festival.
She moved from London that year, having been “mentally and physically abused,” she said, a situation that escalated “when I started hitting puberty when I started to become a woman and I stopped being a girl … They told me that if I ever went back to America, three things were going to happen. One: I was going to be worth nothing, two: I was going to work at Whataburger, and three: I was going to end up being a prostitute. So it was like, I can’t go back, I have to be that person. After returning to the United States, she attended the Las Vegas Academy and Alta High School.
Personal Life of Julianne Hough:
Hough has said that she is no longer a practicing Mormon, but credits her faith with instilling in her a moral code.
Hough dated country singer Chuck Wicks from August 2008 to November 2009; When the two broke up with each other, this inspired Hough’s song “Is That So Wrong.” Hough dated Ryan Seacrest from April 2010 to March 2013. In February 2014, it was revealed She had started dating NHL hockey player Brooks Laich of the Toronto Maple Leafs, formerly with the Washington Capitals, in December 2013. The couple announced their engagement on August 18, 2015. They were married on August 8, July 2017. On June 1, 2020, the couple announced their divorce.
Hough sparked controversy in October 2013 when he donned a blackface as part of a Halloween costume depicting Uzo Aduba’s character Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, from the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black. Hough later apologized, stating on Twitter: “I realize that my suit hurt and offended people and I really do apologize.”
Hough was one of the “Million Dollar Dancers” on the 2006 ABC television show Show Me the Money. He then joined the cast of professional dancers from Dancing with the Stars, in season 4, managing to win the competition along with his partner, Olympic speed skating medalist Apolo Anton Ohno.
This made Hough the youngest professional dancer to win the show. In season 5, on November 27, 2007, Hough and his partner, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Hélio Castroneves, became the winners of the season. Hough returned for season 6, being paired with radio host and comedian Adam Carolla, but they were eliminated in week four. In July 2008, Hough was nominated at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of “Best Choreography” for her Mambo “Para los rumberos” (performed with her partner Hélio Castroneves) in Dancing with the Stars.
On August 25, 2008, the cast for season 7 was announced, and Hough was paired with Hannah Montana actor Cody Linley. She experienced abdominal pain during her jitterbug presentation on October 27, 2008, and was immediately transferred to a hospital after the additional presentation.
She subsequently underwent surgery to remove her appendix, causing her to lose several presentations; Edyta Śliwińska replaced her. Hough returned to the show after her recovery, although the pair were ultimately eliminated in the season semi-final. She appeared on the results show on November 12 of that year dancing a jive to the song “Great Balls of Fire” with her brother Derek for the Design-A-Dance contest.
On November 20, 2008, Hough told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show that he would not return to Dancing with the Stars for the foreseeable future, to pursue his musical career. However, he returned for season 8, being paired up. with her boyfriend at the time, country singer Chuck Wicks. The pair were eliminated in the eighth week of the competition and finished in sixth place.
On October 11, 2011, Hough returned to Dancing with the Stars and danced twice with Footloose co-star Kenny Wormald, as well as with his brother. She returned again on May 15, 2012 at a dance show to promote her movie The Rock Age. On October 7, 2013, she was a guest judge replacing Len Goodman, marking the first time that a former professional dancer returned to the show to be a judge. In September 2014, she returned as the show’s fourth permanent judge.
On March 18, 2014, Julianne, along with her brother Derek, announced a summer tour of more than 40 cities in the United States and Canada, called “Move Live on Tour,” which would include dancing and singing by both of them, and the appearance of a group of dancers employed by the Houghs who were chosen through auditions. They embarked on a sold-out tour on May 25, 2014, in Park City, Kansas, and ended in Los Angeles on July 26, 2014. Due to the success of ticket sales and several sold-out sites before the tour officially began, several more shows were added to the tour schedule, which was also sold out.26 For the tour’s choreography, the Hough brothers collaborated with Nappytabs.
Following the success of the 2014 tour and high demand, Hough’s announced the return of “Move Live on Tour” in the summer of 2015. From June 12, 2015, to August 8, 2015, the sold-out tour visited more than 40 cities in the United States and Canada and visited larger venues than the previous year. Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo “Nappytabs” returned as collaborating choreographers with the Hough brothers. Auditions were also held to recruit a new group of dancers to join the Houghs, although some backup dancers from the previous year returned.
On July 9, 2016, the Houghs held a free fitness pop-up event called Move Interactive, in Los Angeles, which they announced would be the first of many to come. The event kicked off in Sherman Oaks with a workout at Pulse Fitness Studios, led by the celebrity’s personal trainer and owner, Mark Harari. Participants took part in a 2-mile run along Ventura Boulevard, before ending with a JustDance dance gym class in Los Angeles. According to Hough, the motivation behind the event was to “bring health, love, community, and human interaction into our everyday lives. ” The following week, July 14, the Houghs held a second free Move Interactive event in Fryman Canyon, Los Angeles, which included a walk and building exercises. teams.
On December 14, 2016, they announced via social media that they would begin a new tour, MOVE BEYOND Live on Tour, in 2017.
Hough’s first country single, “Will You Dance With Me,” was released on iTunes and Wal-Mart in May 2007 to raise money for the American Red Cross. The song peaked at number 100 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. Later, she signed with the Mercury Nashville division of Universal Music Group Nashville.
Her self-titled debut album of hers was recorded in Nashville and produced by David Malloy, who previously worked with Reba McEntire and Eddie Rabbitt, among others. Hough’s album, which was received with mixed reviews, debuted at number one on the Top Country Albums chart on May 31 and also reached number 3 on the Billboard 200. Hough’s second single, and the first to be released on country radio was “That Song in My Head.”
In 2008, Hough joined Brad Paisley’s tour, along with Jewel and Chuck Wicks. Hough, Paisley, and Willie Nelson were featured in the video for Snoop Dogg’s song “My Medicine.” Hough appeared in a Juicy Fruit commercial in the fall of 2008 and released a Christmas music EP called Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection. Hough sang her second single from the EP, “My Hallelujah Song,” on Dancing With the Stars on November 18, 2008, along with her brother Derek, Mark Ballas, and Lacey Schwimmer as dancers.
Hough, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, and Kellie Pickler announced the nominees for the Academy of Country Music in February 2009. Hough was nominated for the Best New Vocalist award, a fan-voted award, which she subsequently won. Hough also won the Best New Artist award at the 44th Annual Academy Country Music Awards on April 5, 2009.
Hough didn’t get a chance to write on his first album because the whole process went so fast. For her next record, she assured me that she planned to write more. Hough released a single, “Is That So Wrong,” on country radio on June 21, 2010.
It was intended to be the lead single from the second album. from her, Wildfire; however the album was never released. In June 2012, Hough told AOL’s The Boot that her second album was “completely done” and that she was “really, really, looking forward to the record.”
However, she also indicated that, due to the single’s poor performance and having “a lot of momentum” in her film career, there were no real plans to release Wildfire. He also assured that he intended to resume the focus on his musical career at some point, however, he said: “I feel like when I have time to focus on it, and when I feel that the time is right, my music.
Hough’s first acting role was in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the film adaptation of the best-selling novel by British author J. K. Rowling. She appeared in an uncredited role as a “Hogwarts schoolgirl.” Hough appears in the musical Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera. In the film, which tells the story of a small-town girl (Aguilera) who finds success at a Los Angeles burlesque club, Hough plays a dancer named Georgia.
Hough’s first starring role as Ariel Moore in the 2011 version of the Paramount film Footloose, starring alongside Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack. Filming began in September 2010. The film was released on October 14, 2011. Later, Hough played the role of Sherrie Christian in the 2012 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Age of Rock, working alongside Tom Cruise and Mary J. Blige. In 2012, she filmed her lead role opposite Josh Duhamel in the romantic drama Safe Haven, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, which was released on February 14, 2013. Hough also starred in the comedy-drama Paradise as Lamb Mannerheim, which was released on October 18, 2013. In that film, he acted alongside Russell Brand.
Hough portrayed the role of Sandy Young for Fox’s live performance of the musical Grease on January 31, 2016.